Should I still run whilst self-isolating?
The good news is that current NHS advice says you can still go running once a day even whilst self-isolating. But you must make sure you stay at least 2 metres away from other people. You can also still run even if you are displaying symptoms but then it is even more crucial to make sure you avoid others. However we would advise to only continue to run if you feel well enough to do so.
Importantly, anyone who is considered high risk from coronavirus is instructed not continue to run or even leave their homes.
For current guidance please check the NHS site:
How can I run during the Corona virus outbreak?
You can run once a day but this must be done alone or only with another member of your household. We would advise that you try and go running where you are less likely to come into contact with people as you must stay 2 metres away from others. Getting out early is a great way to start your day and it is likely there will be less people around. Also, do not drive somewhere to then go for your run, only run from home.
This is a great opportunity to try and discover some new running routes. The Strava app is a great tool for plotting new routes and if friends use it then you can connect with one another and view and encourage each other. Also, take some photos whilst out and share your pics on the app. Or if you usually run on the road then try running off-road and get a taste for trail running.
A lot of people like to run with other people so you may be finding it hard to stay motivated if you are having to run alone. Again, you could use Strava and set up your own group with friends and see who runs the most miles each week. Another option to keep you motivated is to run a virtual challenge and earn a medal in the process. There are several sites out there that have different challenges, here are a few to get you started:
The main thing is to keep moving and get some fresh air each day so keep lacing up those running shoes and get out there but stay safe!
Is it healthy to continue to run with the threat of coronavirus?
Absolutely, as long as you follow the guidelines we have mentioned and you feel healthy enough to do so.
In this period of uncertainty, restriction and isolation it is as important as ever to maintain our running as it brings us so many health benefits that will improve our overall well-being and help us cope during this unique and unusual time. Some of these benefits include:
Overall mental health – running helps protect us against anxiety and depression. A 2012 study in the Journal of Adolescent Health proved that just 30 minutes of running during the week for three weeks boosted sleep quality, mood, and concentration during the day.
Strengthens our immune system - regular running builds up your tolerance to germs which results in fewer minor illnesses.
Weight control - a lot of us may be more sedentary with working from home and consume more calories, so maintaining our running is going to help burn off any excess calories.
Healthy muscles and bones - the positive 'stress' that running puts on the body increases bone density and increases lean muscle mass.
Healthy heart - running is a great tool in fighting strokes and heart attacks.
So, do not let fear and panic stop you running. Be safe and sensible whilst continuing to run and follow the guidelines and you will feel a lot better for it.
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